Rod Phillips enters the secret St. Bart’s vacation

The beleaguered politician Rod Phillips has stepped down as Ontario Treasury Secretary after serving in St Barts amid a pandemic as he actively encourages his constituents to stay home for the holidays – and then tries to hide his vacation through a series of sneaky social media posts

“Today, after speaking with Rod Phillips, I accepted his resignation as Ontario Treasury Secretary,” Ford said in a statement released Thursday afternoon just hours after Phillips returned to Canada at the Prime Minister’s request / p>

“At a time when the people of Ontario have sacrificed so much, today’s resignation is proof that our government is serious about our commitment to uphold higher standards”

Ford has asked current Treasury Department President Peter Bethlenfalvy to step into the role and budget his government’s 2021 budget as planned

“This appointment will help ensure economic stability for the months ahead as we support families, workers and businesses in Ontario through the COVID-19 pandemic and map our path to long-term economic recovery,” said Ford. p>

NEW: Finance Minister Rod Phillips has resigned after a backlash on his trip abroad during the holidays. Statement from Prime Minister Ford: BildTwittercom / F5DsTPflYo

Although he will no longer serve as Ontario Treasury Secretary, Phillips made his own statement this afternoon that he intends to remain as the MPP for Ajax

“Today I submitted my resignation as Ontario Treasury Secretary. Traveling over the holidays was the wrong decision and I again apologize wholeheartedly,” read the statement, made not long after Fords

“My priority as Secretary of the Treasury has been to ensure that Ontario emerges in a strong position from COVID-19 and that should remain the government priority I know important work is continuing and I wish Minister Bethlenfalvy all the best if he takes on this additional task “

Phillips continued to thank his family, staff and Treasury officials before saying he looked forward to “focusing my efforts on continuing to serve the people of Ajax as their MP””

UPDATE: Statement by Rod Phillips after his resignation
“It was my priority as Treasury Secretary to ensure that Ontario emerged in a strong position from COVID-19 and that should be the government’s priority going forward” #Anpoli #cdnpoli picTwittercom / 1DuBIqSwfC

The previous Thursday, after arriving at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, Phillips told reporters that he would like to keep his job as Secretary of the Treasury, but that he accepted that the decision was ultimately Ford’s

“Obviously I made a significant mistake in the assessment and I will be responsible for it,” Phillips said during a press conference at the airport

“I do not apologize for traveling when we shouldn’t have traveled”

“[It was] a stupid, stupid mistake, I apologize for it, I regret it,” the minister at the time continued with his unauthorized Caribbean vacation, repeating a statement of apology his team had made on Wednesday

Far from satisfied, the public re-grappled with Phillips’ definition of “mistake”, especially given the fact that he preprogrammed a number of social media posts to make it look like he had Never leave Ontario

I’m sorry – I still can’t get over the extent of @ RodPhillips01’s deception about PRE-CELEBRATE and PRE-PHOTOGRAPH #NationalMapleSyrupDay A holiday he DID NOT celebrate last year The LEGIT man googled dark holidays, made Pancake and put on a lumberjack shirt to sell a lie https: // tco / Akf7sG3avJ ImageTwittercom / jMzC5Lxfcq

As we all know, the politician left Ontario for a tropical vacation with his wife in December 13, despite warnings from the federal government against all non-essential travel and repeated requests from his own government that people keep people at home amid the pandemic should stay

Additionally, when the public felt that the travel was itself, they were outraged to learn that Phillips had tweeted the entire time like he was home for the vacation in Ontario, including fireplace videos and photos of himself visits local shops

Phillips even went so far as to contact the government during a video call on Jan. Overlay December with a sweater against the backdrop of a Queen’s Park

Little did Phillips know then that his sweaty discomfort would eventually serve as an example for rich white men who play by their own rules

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